KBK attorneys have litigated complex copyright, trademark, trade secret, idea submission, licensing, distribution, right of publicity, and defamation disputes involving all types of media and entertainment companies. Examples of representative matters include:

  • Secured a dismissal, a public apology, and monetary compensation for legendary composer Hans Zimmer and several companies in a copyright infringement claim concerning the musical score for the Academy Award-winning film “12 Years A Slave.”
  • Obtained a favorable bench trial ruling and appellate rulings for the heirs of the creator of “Hawaii Five-0” in a rights dispute with the creator’s former talent agent.
  • Obtained summary judgment for the band Smashing Pumpkins in an action alleging copyright infringement and state law claims relating to production of a music video.
  • Represented the band No Doubt in its suit against Activision Publishing, Inc. over the use of its likeness in a video game.
  • Represented musician Jack White and the White Stripes in a copyright litigation against a music producer seeking ownership of copyright interest in The White Stripes’ songs.
  • Represented Viacom and Viacom Media Networks in a copyright infringement lawsuit involving the hit TV children’s show “PAW Patrol.”
  • Defended BET in a putative class action alleging copyright violations involving synchronization rights.
  • Represented Nickelodeon cable television network in idea submission action related to the television program “True Jackson, V.P.” and in trademark and trade dress infringement action related to the children’s television program “The Fresh Beat Band.”
  • Defended MTV Networks in copyright infringement action related to O.J. Simpson’s “Juiced” reality television project.
  • Successfully defended Warner Communications, Inc. against a company holding certain rights to Tom Waits’ music.
  • Represented Electronic Arts in copyright action related to “The Sims” video game franchise and in trademark infringement actions related to “EA SPORTS Active” and “Mirror’s Edge” video games.
  • Represented multiple defendants–a TV production company, broadcast network, and producers–in a copyright infringement action involving a hit reality TV series. Obtained summary judgment, after discovery, in favor of the clients on the copyright infringement claim.
  • Represented a radio production company in litigation relating to a challenge to a Top 10 song countdown format.
  • Defended TV networks in a class action suit brought by composers and music recording companies. The plaintiffs alleged that KBK’s clients had committed copyright infringement resulting from the use of music in TV programming.
  • Represented Viacom and Viacom Media Networks, as well as the production company and producers, in a copyright infringement lawsuit involving the hit VH1 television show “Love & Hip Hop.”
  • Resolved litigations between TV networks over reality-TV formats.
  • Advised and counseled clients on the use and infringement of trademarks related to numerous entertainment properties and brand-name retail goods.
  • Filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the Viacom v. YouTube case on behalf of a group of legal and economic scholars from multiple universities including Harvard, Yale, and Columbia in a Digital Millennium Copyright Case.
  • Filed an amicus brief on behalf of Google, Yahoo!, and AltaVista in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in a fair use doctrine case.
  • Obtained summary judgment for the estate of Robert Philpott, who was sued by the ex-wife of Dick Wolf, creator of the “Law & Order” TV franchise, based on allegations he negotiated a divorce settlement that denied her franchise-related revenue.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a Screen Media Ventures subsidiary establishing its right to receive monies under a distribution agreement.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a broadcast network in a case alleging it failed to pay royalties to composers of background music.
  • Represented Screen Media Ventures in litigation with Universal Studios Home Entertainment concerning the parties’ former distribution relationship.
  • Achieved a pre-trial settlement for several leading entertainment studios in a multibillion-dollar dispute concerning licensing and distribution of pay television services in Australia.
  • Represented Paramount Home Entertainment in a dispute with Rank DMS in an alleged breach of a “most favored nations” provision in connection with distribution services for home entertainment products.
  • Resolved on behalf of a media company a distribution fee audit and dispute concerning its fantasy titles.
  • Represented heirs of the creator of the television show, “Hawaii Five-0,” in a bench trial, jury trial, and appellate proceedings involving rights dispute with the creator’s former talent agent.
  • Represented Screen Media Ventures in litigation with a major studio concerning the parties’ former distribution relationship.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a broadcast network that had allegedly failed to pay royalties made by composers of background music. Claims involved the release of an episodic TV series from the 1950s to 1970s on videocassette and DVD, and the royalties for the synchronization licenses of the compositions.
  • Currently representing NBCUniversal in a significant dispute related to the sale and distribution of a slate of films now owned by a hedge fund.
  • Successfully defended a television network against claims of invasion of privacy arising from television programming.
  • Defended an environmental activist website against claims that a photograph of a celebrity’s personal residence infringed her privacy rights and misappropriated her publicity rights.
  • Represented Showtime pay television service in an action alleging Lanham Act and right of publicity violations in connection with the misattribution of motion picture.
  • Represented MTV Networks in an action alleging statutory and common law misappropriation of likeness in connection with reality television program Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory.”
  • Represented a world famous athlete in libel and slander action related to an article in In Touch Weekly magazine.
  • Represented Viacom Inc. and Viacom Media Networks in an action involving numerous tort claims, including misappropriation of likeness and defamation, arising out of the production and broadcast of a reality TV program.
  • Retained by video-game manufacturers and developers to handle litigation over the rights to use likenesses and images.
  • Successfully represented Outfront Media in defeating a competitor’s challenge to a major public transit contract.
  • Reached a mutually beneficial resolution in litigation concerning allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets for an online content network in its claims against a competitor after taking over the matter from another firm weeks before trial.
  • Represented a registered investment company in a trade secret misappropriation and business tort dispute.
  • Defended digital media startup against claims that the owner had misappropriated assets from a prior company.
  • Represented a major digital media company in a trade secret misappropriation action against a competing company and its principals.